2016 Mid-Market Convention Highlights

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Program Highlights

Day One

Welcome Reception

Day Two

General Session with Mayor of Philadelphia, James Kenney, Consul General of Canada in New York, Phyllis Yaffe, and CEO of CEO Connection, Kenneth Beck.

Breakout I

  • Workshop: Board Management: CEO’s Responsibilities in Managing the Board
  • Workshop: Strategic Planning for Mid-Market Companies Battling Giants
  • Presentation: Access to Capital for the Mid-Market

Breakout II

  • Panel: Emerging Markets
  • Workshop: Organizational Alignment

Breakout III

  • Panel: Talent Management
  • Panel: Not for Women Only
  • Presentation: Tax Policy Updates
  • Presentation: High Performance Leadership: The Science & Social Secrets of Confidence

Breakout IV

  • Panel: Innovation, the Mid-Market Key to Success
  • Panel: Diversity: A Key to Mid-Market Growth
  • Presentation: Successfully Combining Teams in a Merger, Joint Venture or Acquisition
  • Presentation: Investor Relations 101 for Mid-Market Public Issuers and Closely Held Privates

Board Connection Private Reception

  • Networking event to facilitate connections between corporate, corporate advisory, not-for-profit boards and mid-market CEOs

Connections, Cocktails and Dinner

Day Three

General Session and State of the Mid-Market Keynote Address.

Speakers: Joel Benkie President and Chief Operating Officer at Ducommun Incorporated;
Ganesh Ayyar CEO and Executive Director Mphasis and 2016 Mid-Market CEO of the Year;
William J. Gorman Jr, COO, RSM US LLP

Breakout I

  • Panel: Dealing with Big Data to Build Competitive Advantage
  • Workshop: Personal Branding: Managing Your Own Brand
  • Presentation: Working Toward Strengthening the Family Business Community within CEO Connection
  • Presentation: Public Private Partnerships

Breakout II

  • Panel: Cyber-Security and Protecting Your Trade Secrets
  • Panel: Social Impact
  • Presentation: Competitive Advantage Through Customer Centricity

Breakout III

  • Panel: Education to Create Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Healthcare and the Mid-Market
  • Presentation: Best Practices in Risk Management
  • Presentation: Disruption or Growth? Customer Engagement is the key to success

CEO Connection Mid-Market Awards Dinner

Day Four

Business Plan Showcase

  • Connecting mid-market CEOs and companies who want to invest in innovation with innovative entrepreneurs looking for capital.

Presentation Downloads

Creating Connections to Fuel Growth

September 18-21,2016

The Wharton School

2016 Awards & Honorees


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  • Mr. Ganesh Ayyar – CEO and Executive Director, Mphasis


  • Aviva Leebow Wolmer – CEO, Pacesetter Steel Service, Inc.


  • John Replogle – CEO and President, Seventh Generation

Conference Speakers

  • Maria G. Arias – Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Comcast Corporation
  • Elizabeth Aris – Co-Founder and CEO, MOSH
  • Nolan Atkinson – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Office of Philadelphia Mayor James F. Kenney
  • Ganesh Ayyar – CEO and Executive Director, Mphasis
  • Dr. Andrea Bastiani-Archibald – Chief Girl Expert, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Russell Beck – Founding Partner, Beck Reed Riden LLP
  • Paul Berkowitz – Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
  • Chris Calvert – SVP, Sibson Consulting
  • Udi Chattopadhyay – COO, Four Rivers (an Ergo company)
  • Jay Coen Gilbert – Co-Founder B Lab / B Corp
  • Victoria A. Cundiff – Litigation Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP
  • Paul Decker – President, Chief Executive Officer, Mathematica Policy Research
  • Michael Devine – Director of Benefits Consulting, M.F. Irvine Corporate Solutions
  • Roland D.J. Dietz – Chairman/ Founder, Focused Growth Partners, Inc.
  • Alyssa Dver – Co-founder, American Confidence Institute
  • Harold T. Epps – Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia
  • Peter Fader – Frances and Pei-Yuan Chia Professor, Professor of Marketing, Co-Academic Director of WCAI, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mark Follows – President, Carpedia International Corp.
  • Van Freeman – Senior Advisor to the National Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency
  • Daniel Fries – SVP, Managing Director, Sibson Consulting
  • Jacques Gauthier – Director, Carpedia International Corp.
  • Antwaun Griffin – Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Operation; Global Markets; U.S. Department of Commerce; International Trade Administration
  • Peter A. Gudmundsson, CEO, RecruitMilitary LLC
  • William Haddad – Partner, Cooley LLP
  • John Heilshorn – Partner, LHA Investor Relations
  • Barbara Hewitt – Senior Associate Director, Career Services, University of Pennsylvania
  • Scott Jackson – President & CEO, Global Impact
  • Rob Kastenschmidt – National Leader, Risk Advisory Services, RSM
  • Dave Kautter – Partner in Charge, Washington National Tax, RSM US LLP
  • Charles P. Kelly – Special Agent, Counterintelligence Strategic Partnership Coordinator, FBI-Philadelphia Division
  • Jeffrey Kiesel – CEO, Restaurant Technologies, Inc.
  • Marshall Kiev – Director, Cohen Private Ventures
  • Jim Kitkowski – CEO, Andromeda
  • Katherine Klein – Vice Dean, Wharton Social Impact Initiative
  • John A. Lawler – CEO, PrimeGenesis, LLC
  • Jose A. Llontop – President and CEO, Giant Cement Holding Inc.
  • Evan McGowan-Watson – Co-Founder, BrandYourself
  • Drew Mendoza – Managing Principal, The Family Business Consulting Group
  • Michael Poisel – Director, PCI Ventures, Penn Center for Innovation, University of Pennsylvania
  • Peter Reiter – Managing Director, RFE Investment Partners
  • Kathryn Ritchie – Founder and CEO, KRStrategy (KRS)
  • Barbara Roberts – Entrepreneur in Residence, Columbia Business School Chair, Tiger 21
  • Doug Robinson – President of Global Rescue Direct, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Rescue LLC
  • Mike Sharun – Country Manager, Canada, EMC Corporation of Canada
  • David Sneed – Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Delta Private Jets
  • Ron Totaro – General Manager, Global Financial Services, Pitney Bowes, Inc.
  • Jon Whitmore – Former CEO, ACT